Poroshenko pledges to sanction Russian oligarchs soon
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said Ukraine will soon impose sanctions against Russian oligarchs, which will be harmonized with the new anti-Russian sanctions of the U.S. Treasury.
"A few days ago, I instructed the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers and the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to prepare a relevant draft decision that will be submitted to the NSDC meeting in the coming days and sanctions will be imposed. They will be as much as possible harmonized with the decision of the U.S. government," he said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
"No doubt, the sanctions will involve Mr. [Oleg] Deripaska [who owns assets in Ukraine] and other oligarchs who are now key players in Russian processes, including on active work in Crimea and the supply of arms to the Russian armed forces. Of course, Ukraine's reaction will be very quick and decisive," Poroshenko added.
As UNIAN reported, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in consultation with the Department of State, on April 6 designated seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian weapons trading company and its subsidiary, a Russian bank.
The list includes such oligarchs as Vladimir Bogdanov, Oleg Deripaska, Suleiman Kerimov, Igor Rotenberg, Kirill Shamalov, Andrei Skoch and Viktor Vekselberg, oligarch-owned companies, such as B-Finance Ltd., Basic Element Limited, EN+ Group, EuroSibEnergo, United Company RUSAL PLC, Russian Machines, GAZ Group, Agroholding Kuban, Gazprom Burenie, NPV Engineering Open Joint Stock Company, Ladoga Menedzhment and Renova Group. Furthermore, it lists Russian state-owned firms, such as Rosoboroneksport and the Russian Financial Corporation Bank (RFC Bank). Moreover, the U.S. Treasury designated several Russian government officials, including Minister of Internal Affairs and General Police of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Director of the Federal Service of National Guard Troops and Commander of the National Guard Troops of the Russian Federation Viktor Zolotov, Head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov, President, Chairman of the Management Board, and Member of the Supervisory Council of state-owned VTB Bank Andrey Kostin, Governor of the Tula region of Russia Alexey Dyumin, and others.